Butterfly Life Cycle Graphing Activities - Live Butterflies Data & Graphing

Linda Kamp
Grade Levels
1st - 2nd, Homeschool
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Collecting data and graphing the life cycle is the perfect way to integrate math into your butterfly life cycle science activities! While raising live caterpillars to butterflies in your classroom use these easy prep graphs, student pages, and task cards for students to collect data at each stage and organize it on bar graphs, pictographs, tally tables, and line plots.

Here's How It Works: Students record the changes on their Observation Calendar then collect and organize their data on the Getting Ready to Graph page. Next, they transfer their data onto your class graphs with caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly cut-outs. Students compare and discuss their data with the Data Discussion Cards then apply their skills with the Read-A-Graph game.

Choose How You Use It: Use either (or all) of the bar graphs, pictographs, tally tables or line plots. Includes all the chart parts, printables, observation calendar, assessment, and activity cards you need for students to graph and discuss the different stages of the butterfly life cycle. No time to make charts? No worries! I’ve included projectable, blank charts for 4 types of graphs with each activity-12 projectable graphs in all. I’ve even included title lettering for a spring bulletin board display.

Butterflies Graphing Activities includes:

-Observing the Changes calendar for data collection

-Getting Ready to Graph tally page

-Chart Parts to make 3 class graphs: Caterpillar to Chrysalis, Chrysalis to Butterfly, and How Many Times Did Your Caterpillar Molt?

-12 projectable, blank graphs in color: 2 types of bar graphs, pictograph, tally table and line plot for each of the 3 graphing activities-Choose the type of graph you wish to use.

-Student response pages for all three graphs

-Data discussion cards for partner or small group discussion (color and blackline included)

-Read-A-Graph roam the room/task cards to apply skills or use to assess (color and blackline included)

-Bulletin board display title lettering

*Be sure to click the Preview to see how it works!

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Linda Kamp

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs. For example, draw a bar graph in which each square in the bar graph might represent 5 pets.
Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.
Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit, or by making repeated measurements of the same object. Show the measurements by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in whole-number units.
Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.


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